Crafts are great for one-of-a-kind gifts or special decorations at Christmas time. You can make ornaments or other decorative items.
Try This Easy Christmas Craft
If you love Victorian Christmas ornaments, here's an easy one to make. It takes only a few minutes to create a Christmas fan from a small piece of taffeta ribbon. These look like the ornaments you see on holiday trees in prints from the 1880s.
You'll be amazed at the results even if you aren't the least bit crafty. Hey, I made some of these myself, even though I must admit that I didn't inherit my mother's super-crafter genes.
I combine them with some other simple Victorian touches on my Yule tree, like sparkly chandelier prisms and some lace potpourri sachets. If you like a themed tree, you can go the whole Victorian route for a real showstopper.
Supplies to Get Started
- Scissors (regular sewing scissors or small embroidery scissors will work)
- Ruler (optional)
- Wide ribbon with lace edges or without the lace
- Iron (optional)
I'm guessing that you'll have most of these around the house already. If you don't have them, your local discount store, like Walmart or even a dollar store, will have them in stock.
So, it's time to get started.
1. Cut the Ribbon
You'll need wide ribbon to make Victorian fan Christmas ornaments. Use a wide ribbon in any color or design that appeals to you. Colorful plaids were popular during the Victorian time. Preferably, the ribbon should have lace on both edges.
I like taffeta or grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon needs some stiffness to it so it will stay pleated. Don't use the ribbon with the wires in it.
Cut the ribbon into pieces about five inches long.
2. Pleat the Ribbon
Above is a ribbon left over from one of my Christmas packages. It would make a great Victorian fan ornament.
- Start folding each piece of ribbon into pleats.
- Make all the pleats the same width.
- For most ribbons, just pinch the fold with your fingers to make a sharp crease. You can also press it with an iron to set the creases. Make sure the iron isn't too hot or it will melt certain types of ribbon.
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3. Stitch the Base of the Fan
Next, stitch the base of the fan where you pinched it together.
- Hold it at one side and let the other side fan out.
- Stitch it by hand, back and forth, to keep the base of the fan together. Use thread that matches the lace color. It won't be visible then.
- Possibly you could glue it, but I've never tried that method.
4. Add Embellishment to the Base of the Ornament—Bows or Miniature Roses
- Add a tiny bow if you want at the base of the fan, or just leave it plain.
- Hang the fan by looping thin gold thread through the top lace, or just use a metal ornament hook.
- Get tiny roses to decorate the base of the fan. They are usually available at discount stores like Walmart in the craft or sewing section.
© 2012 Virginia Allain
Do You Make Christmas Ornaments?
KonaGirl from New York on September 19, 2014:
Isn't it great how easy these are to make? I love that they can be created for any style, theme or venue that you like. Go wild with imagination! I love Victorian and Steampunk themes myself.
Ann Hinds from So Cal on September 09, 2014:
Way too cute. I will have to pin it.
JanieceTobey on September 09, 2014:
My favorite is the white, green, and red fan that's on your Christmas tree. Very pretty!
Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on September 09, 2014:
What a cleaver idea! As a family we have often made our own ornaments for our Christmas Tree. I look forward to making some Christmas Ribbon Fans for this coming year's tree. Thank you so much for the suggestion.
hcroyo lm on December 01, 2012:
Now this is really useful, thanks for this!